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Genesis 24

Chapter 24

24:1  And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.

And Abraham

The entire chapter is highly typical:

(1) Abraham, type of a certain king who would make a marriage for his son Matthew 22:2 ; John 6:44 .

(2) the unnamed servant, type of the Holy Spirit, who does not "speak of himself," but takes of the things of the Bridegroom with which to win the bride John 16:13 John 16:14 .

(3) the servant, type of the Spirit as enriching the bride with the Bridegroom's gifts Galatians 5:22 ; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 .

(4) the servant, type of the Spirit as bringing the bride to the meeting with the Bridegroom Acts 13:4 ; Acts 16:6 Acts 16:7 ; Romans 8:11 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-16 .

(5) Rebekah, type of the Church, the ecclesia, the "called out" virgin bride of Christ Genesis 24:16 ; 2 Corinthians 11:2 ; Ephesians 5:25-32 .

(6) Isaac, type of the Bridegroom, "whom not having seen," the bride loves through the testimony of the unnamed Servant 1 Peter 1:8 .

(7) Isaac, type of the Bridegroom who goes out to meet and receive His bride Genesis 24:63 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-16 .

24:7  The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.

angel

(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4") .

24:14  And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.

thereby

Judges 6:17 Judges 6:37 ; 2 Kings 20:9 ; Proverbs 16:33 ; Acts 1:26 . Cf: Matthew 12:39 . Signs are given to faith, not to doubt.

24:40  And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:

angel

(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4") .

24:62  And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.

Lahairoi

i.e. "the well of him that liveth and seeth me." Genesis 16:14 ; 25:11 .

24:66  And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

servant This is the model servant:

(1) he does not run unsent, Genesis 24:2-9 .

(2) goes where he is sent, Genesis 24:4 Genesis 24:10 .

(3) does nothing else;

(4) is prayerful and thankful, Genesis 24:12-14 Genesis 24:26 Genesis 24:27 .

(5) is wise to win, vs. Genesis 24:17 Genesis 24:18 Genesis 24:21 . (Cf) John 4:7 .

(6) speaks not of himself, but of his master's riches and Isaac's heirship, Genesis 24:22 Genesis 24:34-36 ; Acts 1:8 .

(7) presents the true issue, and requires clear decision, Genesis 24:49 .

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